Short Story Competition 2024 opens today

Published on 20 March 2024

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Upper Hutt Libraries’ annual Short Story Competition is back!

Writing a slice of life story, fan fiction, family memoirs or just have a story idea that’s been on your mind?

Calling all writers and writers to-be! It's time to let your imagination soar and take part in our exciting short story writing competition. 

Get writing with our Short Story Competition and create your imaginary world, one page at a time. Go in the draw to win some awesome prizes like one of our aspiring writer's kits! All levels of writers are welcome to enter, so don't miss out on this incredible opportunity.

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Why should I take part?

  1. Improve writing skills: Writing competitions are a great way to hone your writing skills, especially if you are looking to work on specific areas such as character development, plot, or dialogue.

  2. Build your writing portfolio: Winning or even being shortlisted for a writing competition can add significant weight to your writing portfolio. Having a well-crafted short story that has been recognised in a competition can help you gain credibility as a writer, which can open doors to future writing opportunities.

  3. Win prizes: Writing competitions often offer prizes, which can be a great incentive for participating. Even if you don't win, being shortlisted or receiving an honorable mention can be a great boost to your confidence and motivation to keep writing.


How to Enter

The Short Story Competition is open to all ages with categories for ages 4-7, 8-12, 13-17, and 18+ .

All stories must be typed when submitted. Handwritten entries will not be accepted; all physical copies dropped off in our entry boxes at the libraries must be typed and double-spaced.

Stories must be 2000 words or less.

Story must be original work, although fan-fiction is allowed.  Illustrations can be included.

Story must not have been submitted to any previous competition or promotion.

Prizes will be awarded in each category.

All web entries must be uploaded in PDF or WORD format. 

All story entries must be accompanied by an entry form and MUST be submitted by Tuesday, 30 April 2024.

You can submit your entry using our entry form provided on this web page and attached your typewritten story as a Word document.  Alternatively you can print and complete the entry form provided under related information and drop off your typewritten story and completed entry in a sealed envelope at our libraries.

No feedback will be given on entries submitted.


Short Story Competition Awards Night

The Short Story Competition Awards Night will be held at the Central Library on Friday, 24 May 2024.

The Children's awards will be held in the Rotary Lounge between 4PM and 5PM.

The Teen's and Adult's awards will be held in the Rotary Lounge between 6PM and 7.30PM.

In the event of being shortlisted, you must be available to attend the Short Story Competition Awards Night. More information will be provided closer to the event.